An American-Statesman report on the city’s unwillingess or inability to enforce its own building codes shouldn’t have surprised anyone at Austin’s City Hall. Though the American-Statesman’s Dave Harmon and Sarah Coppola uncovered too many new instances of health and safety risks, the basic story of lax enforcement hasn’t changed in years.
That doesn’t make it an old story — it makes it an ongoing one, and one that needs closure. Unfortunately, it’s a story that is going to be re-told until the City Council and administration do something about it. When that will be is anyone’s guess. It should be sooner rather than later, of course, but Harmon and Coppola depicted a municipal officialdom expressing concern, but also depicted a big gap between saying and doing.
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